Not all good local Tucson food comes in food trucks; in the pre-Food Truck Round Up days, restaurants offered us many good times with local chefs and local owners. One that has been around for ninety years is El Charro. http://www.elcharrocafe.com/ We enjoy the Eastside location on Wilmot and Broadway and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas for me without their wonderful, red tamale. Here is my a la carte version (minus enchilada sauce and colored with shredded lettuce and sour cream). Please note how the tamale is tied at the end, and I was delighted to have not one but two green olives in it. Also, I recommend the rice, served with colorful carrots and peas. Their salsa is one of my favorites and I shipped several jars to my East Coast cousin this year as a thank-you for his Jersey City/on the harbor hospitality in March.
Reid Park Serenity and Color on Christmas Eve
After our huge late lunch at El Charro, we needed to walk off a few calories, so we went to Reid Park and strolled around the lake and past the Cancer Memorial and horseshoe court. At the lake, Mark was mesmerized by the one egret. I like to think of the bird as a Christmas Angel.
And, as the sun began to set in the west, the golden leaves of the sycamore (?) symbolizes our own Tucson Christmas tree, perfectly shaped, contrasting gold with our blue sky.
After our walk, and before attending Christmas Eve Family Service at Catalina United Methodist Church, we headed to Starbucks at El Con and lo, and behold, we didn't find the Bethlehem star but we did find the vintage El Con sign which is a Tucson "star" of sorts.